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11/30/2018 - 12:16pm YOU DON'T CONTROL ME, DAD.

YOU DON'T CONTROL ME, DAD.

11/29/2018 - 11:28am At this point? Probably…

At this point? Probably. Main reason is that Michigan is built really well, this year. It's going to keep him in the spotlight all year and will have lots of opportunities to continue to impress.

I'd guess he'll end up with a mid-first round draft projection, which is more than enough reason to leave.

11/21/2018 - 10:31am You win this entire post…

You win this entire post. Well done hahaha

11/19/2018 - 12:33pm Yep :). Really excited for…

Yep :). Really excited for how it's turning out thus far. 

Analysis will have to wait, got something else on the way 👀〽️ pic.twitter.com/jDwuZNPjze

— Stephen Osentoski (@StephenToski) November 18, 2018
11/16/2018 - 11:37am Balancing the audio is…

Balancing the audio is always a bit of a challenge. I usually set the max peak for the play volume at -5 db and my commentary at -3. Think I do need to boost my audio, since it's not as consistent as the game volume. This is since I have the audio set-up to get the game audio from the video player itself and my audio is picked up from a microphone. You're right, though, that it's often not balanced as well as it could be.

I'll bump my audio up a bit more moving forward :)

11/16/2018 - 9:21am Appreciate the feedback! I…

Appreciate the feedback! I have to go quick since Twitter is the primary format for which I release each play and the limit for each video is 2:20. So apologies if things move quick -- try to cover as much as possible without being too generic.

Do you have an example of a play where I say someone needs to do a better job without pointing out the how? I usually don't have time to go back and realize I need to do a re-do in those scenarios.

11/11/2018 - 10:55pm Mainly was checking Stubhub…

Mainly was checking Stubhub. The night before they were hovering in the $75-$100 range. I jumped on a pair that went up at 7am Saturday at $39/per.

I kept checking to see how I did, and they dipped into the $30s around 1:00pm or so. I was getting a bit uneasy and wanted to enjoy the town without constantly checking prices, so wasn't too upset with $39/per.

11/11/2018 - 10:33pm Yeah, seems like a log-jam…

Yeah, seems like a log-jam with both Lewan already up to Pantaleo's level. Interesting to see what they do at HWT too. Seems like Mason Parris is the clear choice, but didn't roll with it today.

11/11/2018 - 10:26pm I guess that's probably…

I guess that's probably closer to what it was at the start of the game (likely 5K less than that number or so). By half-time, it was probably closer to 25K or so. It was incredibly cold lots of people were gone.

11/11/2018 - 10:21pm It was cold as hell, man…

It was cold as hell, man. Tickets only dropped on gameday morning, but drop they did. I'd recommend flying into NYC on Friday, spending a night in the town (I went to see Hamilton and got some sushi), then you can take the train Saturday morning into New Brunswich / Rutgers.

Food in town overall was great (get a Fat Sandwich, go to Stuff yer Face, as well). We were seated around some great Rutgers fans. They were passionate and I have to give it to em, they were cheering really hard for a team that's really, really been down. The experience was...empty, though. Stadium was probably 60% filled, if that? Cleared out quickly, as well.

It marked Big Ten stadium #7 off my list, and honestly the in-stadium experience was probably the worst / saddest if you're going based off of the "hype" factor. So, I would probably never go back again, but gotta cross off that list!

11/09/2018 - 11:24am Thanks for the kind words! I…

Thanks for the kind words! I'm just a dude, UM grad '15, played in HS but wasn't a stand-out or anything. Started becoming interested in the "why" of a play and have focused on the more analysis side of football for a bit over a year now. Tons of fun.

11/03/2018 - 11:15am Good point - this is…

Good point - this is definitely attributed to Winovich getting some depth into the backfield. He gets into the path of #75's pull. So think it's half on #75 for not getting enough depth, but also a good job by Winovich to surge into the backfield to disrupt that pulling lane.

10/31/2018 - 2:44pm Biggest play of the game for…

Biggest play of the game for me was Perry raking out the ball from Willis' hands on the almost INT. That was huge.

#2 would be the DPJ TD.

#3 is the 4th & 2 pickup.

10/31/2018 - 1:07pm Good call. Maybe it's asking…

Good call. Maybe it's asking a bit too much, but couldn't that initial look forward (to get safety towards middle of the field) also be used almost as a "homerun check" for DPJ? Makes a lot of sense why he didn't throw here given that it's a look-off and not an actual first read, but seems like the play design gives time for something like this.

10/31/2018 - 12:18pm I see no reason against…

I see no reason against doing what you said. If I'm in film review with Martin reviewing this play, I'd tell him two things:

  1. The harder you sell your route, the easier job you'll have blocking the guy (since he'll think you're in a route and he has to cover you).
  2. Block him while he's still in his back-pedal / moving backwards. That momentum will be really hard for the DB to work against once you're engaged with him.

Maybe I'm wrong, here, because McKeon looks really surprised that Mason doesn't have the ball, so it might've been a true read and Martin didn't think his block would matter on the edge. Regardless, should have at least gotten a hand on the dude.

10/13/2018 - 5:06pm That's a good question. I…

That's a good question. I spend a decent amount of time at a site owned by Space Coyote (@SpaceCoyoteBDS on Twitter). He's eons past my level of scheme and concept knowledge. For pass route combinations, check here - http://breakdownsports.blogspot.com/p/pass-concepts.html

10/13/2018 - 5:03pm Definitely a good suggestion…

Definitely a good suggestion - most of my time usually goes towards exporting the video, tuning my descriptions to be <2:20 in length per play (the limit per video on Twitter). So, by the time I'm actually ready to record, it's usually pretty late at nights after work, so I'm generally a bit tuckered out.

Proper delivery is absolutely important, though, and you're right, need to improve there.

10/12/2018 - 8:15pm Ahhh shucks, meant Episode 6…

Ahhh shucks, meant Episode 6.2. Mods? Edit?

09/28/2018 - 1:16pm I'll agree with this in a…

I'll agree with this in a heartbeat. Bloomington is a beautiful little town. I loved the layout of the city with the campus and the architecture was incredible. Could not recommend going there for an away game enough.

Also never go to Purdue - felt like a strip mall.

09/21/2018 - 6:05pm I'm planning on possibly…

I'm planning on possibly doing a live-stream tonight for defensive plays - time will tell, though. I try to keep myself away from the UFRs so as to not sway what I'm seeing vs. what Brian sees. After I post I generally go back to see the similarities / differences.

Usually the plays are relatively straight-forward, so we don't disagree on much. Sometimes there's a difference on who we think is at fault for a blitz pick-up or a bad route, etc.

An example, the pick from Patterson to McKeon seems like 75% on McKeon to me, since he clearly stops on his way back to the ball, allowing the DB to make a play. Brian gave way more of the fault on Patterson. So, minor things like that are common.

09/16/2018 - 10:20pm As others have said, zone…

As others have said, zone helps combat the rub route. It's frustrating that almost every 3rd down / 4th down pickup from SMU was either a rub route, slant from the slot, or a DPI. All of those could be mitigated from a zone. Now, zone opens up the playbook in other regards, but in 3rd and short, with an aggressive M2M scheme, the rub route is an excellent play to go with. Bit of variety in those scenarios would go a long way.

09/15/2018 - 9:52am Aaaand of course I forgot to…

Aaaand of course I forgot to embed the video. Here it is:

09/15/2018 - 2:33am Ah, got it. Will be posting…

Ah, got it. Will be posting these there from now on. Thanks!

09/14/2018 - 11:10pm I'm sure I'm missing…

I'm sure I'm missing something -- what warrants something being a Diary vs. a Message Board post? Is it since the content is more of a regular series that I'm doing and more "informative" rather than "news"?

09/07/2018 - 4:09pm Thank you! Terminology /…

Thank you! Terminology / concepts are something I definitely need to work on. SpaceCoyote's website is phenomenal for learning that aspect. Feel confident in identifying what the players are trying to do but sometimes I'm questioning whether the play design / concept asks them to do it.

Agree on the RPS aspect of plays and being more explicit with that aspect. Sometimes there's nothing an offense can do with the right defensive call, and vice versa.

09/07/2018 - 12:37pm I would argue it's more on…

EDIT - Listen to Space Coyote, he knows way more about run concepts than I do :)

09/06/2018 - 3:05pm Yep, definitely bound to be…

Yep, definitely bound to be incorrect on some of my analysis. Hopefully I'll be able to get some feedback from Space Coyote on some of the ones I'm not 100% on.

Glad you like it!

09/06/2018 - 1:14pm Yep - definitely.

Yep - definitely.

09/06/2018 - 1:14pm Definitely DPI, missed this…
  1. Definitely DPI, missed this one.
  2. Space Coyote pointed out that this was on Ruiz. He helped Onwenu too much, which got himself out of position for his main assignment, which was the LB blitzing his gap. Higdon actually does a great job redirecting here, as this wasn't his initial assignment (the left side of the line was)
  3. No idea what Ruiz was doing. As you said, if he takes Runyan's man it gives Patterson a chance. Never giving up that chase is mind-boggling.
09/06/2018 - 1:07pm Definitely am not against…

Definitely am not against covering successful plays. I usually tend to focus on plays that "define" the game. In this case, it was mainly offensive line struggles and a couple huge plays the defense gave up.

Hopefully next week I'll focus mainly on successful plays.

09/06/2018 - 12:31pm Note that this is just my …

Note that this is just my "common sense" analysis: It does depend on the scheme, but rarely do I think a center would ever be tasked with crossing 2 of the other OL to follow the stunt. Seems almost impossible and unrealistic to ask that of him. At some point he needs to pass him off.

09/06/2018 - 12:09pm Have been discussing this…

Have been discussing this with Space Coyote on Twitter. I put the fault mainly on Higdon but really it's Ruiz's assignment. He helped Onwenu for too long and didn't get enough of the blitzing LB. A tough ask of a center, but he was caught out of position.

08/02/2018 - 7:09pm Oliver Martin and Shea…

Oliver Martin and Shea Patterson both with #2? Martin not gonna see the field or what?

07/09/2018 - 6:31pm Will be making the drive…

Will be making the drive from Chicago to Mullett Lake all the way up in Cheboygan County, Michigan. The lady's family has a couple houses on the lake and it's absolutely beautiful. Did it last year for the Florida game - we rolled in about 20 deep to the local bar on the lake and sang "The Victors" on the mile-long trail walk back to the cabin. Heaven.

04/28/2018 - 1:01pm Take ENG 101 as early as you

Take ENG 101 as early as you can and stretch to take EECS 280 as early as possible. From there, barrel the fuck through EECS 281 and the world is your oyster. The real value in the degree IS 281, but you can explore your specific interests in the CS world after 281.

It sucks, but start early on every project, find some friends to bounce stuff off of, you'll be fine.

04/19/2018 - 12:33pm Ahhh right by the Side Street

Ahhh right by the Side Street Saloon. Fantastic little bar.

04/19/2018 - 12:05pm Do you....do you live in my

Do you....do you live in my apartment? Intersection of Wolfram & Southport right here.

04/13/2018 - 2:18pm (No subject)

03/30/2018 - 3:07pm Yeah, apologies - the title

Yeah, apologies - the title didn't mean to be deep or anything - I just usually try to edit to the song and didn't think up of another one.

03/23/2018 - 2:41pm Son of a bitch time to move

Son of a bitch...time to move to LA I guess. You're a good dude, wish I could do it man.

03/23/2018 - 2:08pm My bet is the guy who

My bet is the guy who uploaded the Montana & Houston games is already on it and will post it here when complete. I've been looking everywhere for other games and they simply don't exist except when he posted. Sucks how much they've clamped down on it this year.

03/21/2018 - 3:44pm If I can get 37 year old

If I can get 37 year old dudes to say "Dope" my work here is done :)

Don't do it professionally, have done a couple projects here and there for a little cash, but I plan to keep this a hobby. I do spend a very high percentage of my free-time doing this kind of stuff, though.

03/21/2018 - 2:31pm Yep, that's great advice. I

Yep, that's great advice. I find that I have those best "something isn't just quite right" moments after stepping away for like 15 minutes or so. After watching the same stuff over and over, I always fall into the trap of getting used to how I set up a transition, audio levels, etc.

Obviously the viewer is going in blind, and to replicate their experience, have to do your best to try to view it with "fresh eyes" so to speak. Thanks again for the great tips.

03/21/2018 - 2:03pm As far as the announcer

As far as the announcer audio, I wanted to highlight the music audio since I thought the lyrics in this one were especially fitting. Finding the balance of being able to understand both lyrics and announcers without overwhelming the viewer is something I find extremely difficult. Totally understand how it can be frustrating and distracting if you're trying to listen to the announcers.

Agreed on intro - I cut off the first 30 seconds of the song, and decided to roll with the entire second half of the verse for two main reasons: 1) wanted to include all of Michigan's missed chances at the end of the game, 2) build up more time to the first "I'm a survivor". I guess you could call it a trade-off, but definitely agree it's on the lengthy side.

The color isolation was a bit tricky for some clips. Could have used a matte to better isolate the colors to just the player, but my After Effects was being wonky yesterday.

Thank you, garde, for weighing in here. Excellent criticisms and fantastic advice. I love when people approach it from a technical aspect and can enjoy those parts of the video as well.

03/21/2018 - 12:31pm Better embed for the board?

Never mind, post is updated. Enjoy everyone! Let me know what ya think.

03/20/2018 - 11:43am You're a hero, man.

You're a hero, man. Impossible to find ANY of these tournament games, let alone the Michigan ones.

03/12/2018 - 10:32pm Logic - Ballin

Logic - Ballin

03/05/2018 - 1:29pm Only issue I see with the

Only issue I see with the McPoyle tweet, should be:

"Pretty sure Matt McQuaid's parents are McPoyle's"

Gotta keep those bloodlines pure!

03/05/2018 - 10:56am I'm more offended for

I'm more offended for Simpson. I think Wagner was really valuable, but Michigan doesn't win this tournament without Simpson. His defensive efforts are somehow worth nothing to the Big Ten.

03/04/2018 - 9:26pm I literally said "What the

I literally said "What the fuck??" when it happened.